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National Intern Spotlight: John Hogan

2012 July 03


Where are you from and what school do you attend?
I am from southern California and I attend St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

What do you study?
My primary focus is philosophy and the history of math and science with some theology, music theory, and literature thrown in for fun. Officially, it amounts to a B.A. in Liberal Arts.

What made you want to intern here?
I was interested in PVS because of the mission and the location. I knew I wanted another politically focused internship, but I was frustrated by the amount of partisanship inherent in the process. Spending a summer here seemed like a way I could help fix this problem. As for the location, I have spent my whole life in cities and suburbs and wanted to give the wilderness a try. I ended up loving the mountains so much that I'm back this summer for a second time. I also came back because, in a presidential election year, the work PVS does becomes even more important and pressing.

What is your typical day like?
On a typical work day, I'll get up at about 7am, grab some breakfast, and head into the office at 8am. When work ends at 5pm, I can go read a book by Moose Lake, go hiking in the mountains, or just relax in the lodge. When you're in the office it can seem like any other job, but after work you get to enjoy the beauty of rural Montana.

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Comments on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)

2012 June 27

The Supreme Court are expected to announce their decision on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this week. Read some recent comments on this issue here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Paduhovich

2012 June 26

Are you a member of Project Vote Smart? Are you interested in contributing your time to volunteering? Member Janet Paduhovich tells us about her experience volunteering for 2-weeks at the Great Divide Ranch.
For more information on our Member Volunteer Program, click here

National Intern Spotlight: Sean Pedigo

2012 June 25

We threw the spotlight on one of our new interns, Sean, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch... 
For more information on our National Internship Program, click here

June Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 June 12

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Standing Your Ground Across The States

2012 June 12

The February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin has ignited a media firestorm surrounding so-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws in the United States. 

Are you a current student or recent grad?

2012 June 01

We are still looking for bright, politically-minded individuals for our 2012 National Internship Program available this Summer and Fall 2012. Spend 10-weeks at our beautiful ranch-style research facilities and help us provide citizens with the factual, unbiased information. Trust us, this isn't your typical internship.

Comments on Unemployment Rate

2012 June 01

The US unemployment rate was published at 8.2% for the month of May, rising a tenth of a point from April's 8.1%. Here's what several congress members had to say about it...

Will your candidates show political courage?

2012 May 23

Every election year, Project Vote Smart uses the Political Courage Test (PCT) to measure the willingness of candidates to provide their positions on key issues. Find out now if your candidates are currently being tested. 

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